LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER WINNERS: WOMEN’S US OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Lucky Tulsa Locals Earn a Coveted Spot in the 64 Player Field!
|TULSA, OK – River Spirit Casino partnered with Magoo’s Billiard Club for a special Last Chance Qualifier tournament at Magoo’s, crowning four players. Winning the event was Tulsa local Michelle McDermott. Runner-up was Kayla Batson, also of Tulsa. In 3rd and 4th place, taking the remaining two spots were Tulsa’s Carrie Williams and Seattle’s Tamre Rogers. Each of the four earned an entry into the WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships that kick off June 6 at the River Spirit Events Center.Then, in a twist of fate, local Tulsa player Kathy McMinn, who took fifth place in the qualifier, was also invited to play after last year’s U.S. Open runner-up Ga Young Kim notified officials that she would not be able to travel to the event for medical reasons. Kim, a native of Taiwan, was the victim in a recent automobile accident and while making a full recovery, was advised by physicians not to travel.
The “main event” at the River Spirit Event Center kicks off with a charity pro-am on June 6 at 7 pm, which is open to the general public. Fans can issue challenges against local media celebrities and top players with all proceeds benefiting Komen for the Cure Tulsa.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, June 6 at 7 pm
|About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance, and celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world’s greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more. The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis cloth, Delta 13, Pooldawg and Aramith balls.
About River Spirit Casino and Event Center
River Spirit Casino, Tulsa’s $195 million casino project at 81st & Riverside, showcases 300,000 square feet of gaming space and is one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma. With over 2,600 high-tech electronic machines, 23 table games and 15 poker tables, River Spirit Casino offers the most current technology and latest games available. The facility features four dining and beverage venues including the largest casino buffet in Oklahoma, a steakhouse, a 24-hour café, a lounge and a sports bar. The newly renovated River Spirit Event Center is located at the site of the former Creek Nation Casino – Tulsa at 81st and Riverside Drive. The venue has nearly 20,000 sq. ft of useable space for sporting events, entertainment, conventions and meetings and all amenities. For more information on River Spirit Casino visit www.riverspirittulsa.com.
As an active community partner, River Spirit Casino provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns. Proceeds from gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare. For more information on the tribe’s history and government, please visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Web site at www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov.